Aromatherapy is an ancient therapeutic technique that uses the properties of essential oils to restore physical, psychological, and spiritual balance. Through smell, the properties of each oil reach the nervous system, which response to emotions, stimulating the brain to initiate or inhibit the production of hormones, and secretions.
The result can be seen -, and felt – in different ways: pain relief, increased concentration, mood, and self-esteem, stress reduction, treatment of fears, and phobias, the balance of emotional, and hormonal dysfunctions, fight against bacteria, and allergies, problems in joints, and muscles, poor digestion, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and even weight loss.
“In addition to providing more energy, well-being, disposition, and strengthening the body’s defenses, we can use oils to create more natural beauty products, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, creams, deodorants, among others. There is an almost endless list of therapeutic, and aesthetic uses, and science continues to discover more about them each year ”, details Katia Fleig, aromatherapist, coach, and integrative, and quantum therapist.
Although it is a natural, and safe therapy, which can be combined with conventional medical treatments, the practice must always be guided by a qualified professional. It can indicate not only the best oil for each situation but also the most appropriate form of use. “It is important to take some precautions regarding the main contraindications for essential oils”, advises Katia.
One of these factors is phototoxicity, as some oils can cause skin burns when in contact with sunlight (citrus oils, such as lemon). Pregnant women and people with high blood pressure should avoid aromas with camphor, such as rosemary.
In the case of babies, and children, specific guidance, and extra care in the form of oil dilution is also necessary.
How to Use Essential Oils
Aromatherapy using essential oils can be used in several ways. Check out some options below:
It can be done several times a day. It is recommended to inhale the oil directly from the bottle: inhale, hold the air for up to 3 seconds, and exhale. Repeat the procedure a few times.
Place 2 to 3 drops of the essential oil in the aromatizer, which will release the aroma into the environment. It is also possible to use a room diffuser – just drop the oil drops into the diffuser, and leave it in the room.
You can drip 2-3 drops of the oil directly into the nebulizer or into a bowl of boiling water, and breathe in the flavored smoke.
This is a classic technique that allows you to apply the essential oil directly to the skin. The ideal is to mix a few drops of the essential aroma chosen in another vegetable oil, such as coconut oil, and massage the hair for at least 20 minutes.
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In a liter of boiling water add 10 drops of essential oil. Then use a towel to soak in the flavored water. Remove excess water, and place the cloth in the desired area.
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Great for body, and facial relaxation, and pain relief. It is one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy, and the most versatile. It helps to treat problems such as insomnia, anxiety, tension, and tiredness. Because it is very smooth, it can be applied, without dilution, to compresses over burns. Relieves muscle pain, and bruising, and is excellent for insect bites. In a foot bath, it can be used to rebalance your energies after an exhausting day of work.
It is indicated to improve blood circulation and revitalize tissues. Helps in water retention, and sagging. As it is a stimulating oil, it is indicated early in the morning to give more disposition. It is good for those with low blood pressure, dizziness or weakness, in addition to helping to strengthen, and shine hair, and fight dandruff. It is considered the oil of the students, because it increases memory and concentration. Its aroma combines with work, and creation environments.
Stimulates cell metabolism, and digestive functions, acting as a tonic. With an extremely pleasant, enveloping, and soft aroma, it is suitable for children, especially in matters relating to food, fear, irritation, and nervousness. It can also be used during lymphatic drainage, as long as diluted in vegetable oil. Widely used to bring joy and well-being to the environment.
Antiseptic, astringent, emollient, lymphatic system stimulant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, tonic, bactericidal, and healing. Chamomile is also known for its calming power, both mental, and body, as well as being excellent for moisturizing the skin. It can be used in massage creams and body oils. It helps to treat negative feelings, such as anger, and resentment.
Toning, and astringent essential oil. It is excellent for circulation and recommended to treat sagging, and oily skin. It can also be used in massage creams, body oils, masks, bandages, and baths. It works with feelings of loss, abandonment, mourning, and remorse. It applies to natural life transitions: changes, losses, and disruptions.
It is a decongestant and strengthens the immune system. In addition, if you put the eucalyptus oil on the inside of the top it will improve breathing, and guarantee a peak until the end of the workout. Attention at the time of purchase, as a good product should not stain clothing.
Essential oils to fight headaches
Tensional headache – peppermint
Peppermint is a plant widely used to treat stomach problems, pain, and inflammation in the muscles. Research shows that applying a diluted oil solution with this essence can reduce the intensity of headaches. Drop 10 drops in 30 ml of a diffuser oil, such as jojoba or coconut,, and massage in the neck, and shoulders.
Stress Headache – Lavender
It is already more than proven that stress is capable of triggering headaches. Inhaling essential oils daily significantly reduced blood pressure, pulse, serum cortisol, and stress levels,, and lavender oil is one of those indicated. Breathing in the oil from this flower for 15 minutes helped relieve migraine pain more than a placebo, according to a 2012 study published in European Neurology. Apply one to two drops on the palms, rub gently, and inhale deeply.
Dehydration Headache – Orange
Poor hydration can cause migraines, and headaches, so start drinking water to make up for what you’ve lost. While refueling the body, a cold compress with oil can help. Place two drops of orange essence in a small bowl of cold water. Dip a small towel, and place it on your forehead while you relax.
Is it Safe to Inhale Essential Oils from a Diffuser?
Diffusers can also be a risky proposition for people who are sensitive to smells or who have respiratory issues. “In some hospitals where aromatherapy has been permitted, whole-room diffusers have been associated with sensitivity reactions – staff and other patients have been affected,” Lee explains. “In health care spaces, there are lots of different patients – and some may be suffering from respiratory conditions worsened by essential oils.”
Another side risk of essential oil use is that although the oils might not cause any actual harm, their use could cause delay of evidence-based treatment, as some people wait to see if the oils alleviate the illness in question. So, a simple case of croup that could have been handled via a regular doctor’s visit suddenly morphs into an ambulance ride to the nearest emergency room